Frank Rich of The New York Times argues that although there's plenty to blame on the Bush administration, a timid Congress and a compliant press, it's time for the American people to accept at least some responsibility for the Iraq war and its many disastrous episodes. From Abu Ghraib to contractor killing sprees, we the people have known far too much for far too long to feign surprise when things suddenly go sour.
As U.S. forces have given Iraqi security officers responsibility for policing Baghdad, violence has notably increased, undercutting America's premise that Iraqis are capable of securing their own country.
Even as the notion of responsibility becomes less and less relevant among black American youths, people like Bill Cosby and the actor who plays Gordon on "Sesame Street" are asking the tough questions necessary for any reversal of the trend.
Officials' media spin shouldn't be confused with anything genuine.